Formula 1 F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 25, 2021 General view of the track as FP3 is canceled due to rain before qualifying REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov
The final testing of the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix was canceled due to heavy rains in Sochi on Saturday, but conditions improved and qualifying started as planned.
Race director Michael Masi had said earlier that the session at the Olympic Park could be postponed to Sunday morning if necessary.
Qualifying started on time on a wet track, with cars throwing spray but the rain fading and bright spots overhead.
Red Bull championship leader Max Verstappen is still expected to start from behind due to an engine change.
Mercedes title rival Lewis Hamilton will seek to overturn the young Dutchman’s five-point advantage with what would be a 100th career victory, a record.
Mercedes have won every Russian Grand Prix in Sochi since the first in 2014 and Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas, race winner last year, said he would obey the team’s orders if necessary.
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